West Indies had already lost, rather been trounced, the Test and ODI series and hoped a change in formats will also result in change in fortunes. But unfortunately for them, a similar theme prevailed where New Zealand remained in control of things all around. In first ever T20I at Saxton Oval, New Zealand score 187 runs helped by fifties from Glenn Phillips and Colin Munro after a slow start. West Indies looked to have contained New Zealand but for the last over that went for 25 runs to put the game beyond the Carlos Brathwaite-led team. In reply, West Indies lost openers early and then wickets fell at a regular rate with the chase never looking possible. In the end, West Indies fell short by 47 runs and suffered their sixth straight defeat in the past month. New Zealand, thus, take 1-0 lead in the T20 series.
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New Zealand: Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips (wk), Tom Bruce, Ross Taylor, Anaru Kitchen, Doug Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (c), Ish Sodhi, Seth Rance
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Chadwick Walton (wk), Andre Fletcher, Shai Hope, Jason Mohammed, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Kesrick Williams, Jerome Taylor, Samuel Badree